International Students: Studying Law in the USA
Drexel University's Kline School of Law offers three degrees for international students — including two programs for students who already have a first degree in law. Below you'll find information on how to apply to law school as an international student as well as requirements for each degree program.
JD Degree Program Options
The Kline School of Law offers two different Juris Doctor (JD) degrees, both available to international students:
- The Global Access JD degree,
which takes as little as two years to
complete, prepares graduates of international law programs to
practice law in the United States. Up to 28 credits from your non-U.S. law degree can be applied to the 85-credit Global JD requirement.
- The traditional JD degree, which takes three years to complete, attracts international students who do not have a first degree in law.
International students are not required to submit an LSAT score for admission to these programs. However, the Kline School of Law maintains competitive standards. That means:
- Applicants should have strong academic records.
- Applicants who have a law degree in a language other than English must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Successful applicants will typically have earned a 100 on the TOEFL or a 7.5 on the IELTS.
Once an international student graduates with their JD degree, they are able to take the bar exam (in limited jurisdictions) and practice as an attorney if they pass.
LLM Degree Program
The Kline School of Law’s LLM in American Legal Practice is a 24-credit program that provides internationally trained law graduates with both a deep understanding of the U.S. legal system and an opportunity to see how the law is applied in professional practice. LLM students work with a faculty adviser to design a curriculum unique to their interests.
All LLM students must have completed an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in law.
International applicants must provide:
- A completed application
- Academic transcripts verified by LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service or another credential evaluation service
- Proof of English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS score
- A written personal statement expressing their interest in the program
- Two letters of recommendation
Once the admissions team has thoroughly reviewed an applicant’s materials, a Skype, in-person or telephone interview may be requested.
Drexel offers three separate LLM tracks for international students. These include:
- Business and Commercial Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
Once an international student graduates with their LLM degree, the graduate is able to take the bar exam (in limited jurisdictions) and practice as an attorney if they pass.
The New York Bar Exam Concentration is designed to prepare LLM students to meet the course requirements for New York Bar Exam eligibility.